VIA Rail Station Codes

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  1. Apr 21, 2011 #1

    PRR 60

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    Like Amtrak, VIA uses station codes for identifying stops. However, if anyone has used the VIA on-line booking and tried to enter TWO for Toronto or VAC for Vancouver, you find out that VIA does not know what you're talking about. That is because VIA does not use Amtrak codes. Amtrak codes are internal for Amtrak only. VIA took the action to have its stations assigned official IATA airport codes - codes that are registered, unique, and compatible with travel reservation systems. The result is that VIA codes have little or no relationship with the city name.

    The fact is that, as a casual traveler, it is not really necessary to know the VIA codes. Like Amtrak's on-line system, VIA's booking engine does just fine if you start entering the name of the city. But you can also enter the code, and as travel geeks, isn't that really what we want to do? Why yes, it is.

    So, without further ado, here are the official IATA codes for the major VIA stops (except Edmonton - the web listed code does not work). Go to the VIA site, enter "XEA" and watch Vancouver BC come up. It is really quite magical. For the couple of AU members who took advantage of the recent VIA half price sale, I hope you enjoy your trip from YMY to XDG on 2R.

    Code:
    City                         Code
    
    Churchill, MB                XAD
    Gaspe, QC                    XDD
    Halifax, NS                  XDG
    Jasper, AB                   XDH
    Jonquiere, QC                XJQ
    Kingston, ON                 XEG
    London, ON                   XDQ
    Moncton, NB                  XDP
    Montreal, QC                 YMY
    Niagara Falls, ON            XLV
    Ottawa, ON                   XDS
    Prince George, BC            XDV
    Prince Rupert, BC            XDW
    Quebec, QC                   XFZ
    Sarnia, ON                   XDX
    Saskatoon, SK                YXE
    Senneterre, QC               XFK
    Sudbury, ON                  XDY
    Toronto, ON                  YBZ
    Vancouver, BC                XEA
    Victoria, BC                 YYJ
    White River, ON              YWR
    Windsor, ON                  XEC
    Winnipeg, MB                 XEF
    
     
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    VIA Rail used to use four-letter codes for their stations (TRTO, VCVR, etc.). Do they still have those?
     
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    Yes, they do ("MTRL" for Montreal, as another example). Those are even harder to find than the IATA codes.
     
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    What codes do you want to know?
     
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    I would love to know the four letter codes for the list posted above. I don't have any real reason that I have to know the codes, but that doesn't mean I don't want to anyway. It's who I am. :)
     
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    I actually take CO from EWR to YUL, then a taxi from there to YMY and then 2R from there to XDG, and eventually take CO from YHZ back to EWR :) Unfortunately due to time limitations no 2V involved.
     
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    Someone posted a file of all the VIA 4 letter station codes on Github. They're pulled directly from VIA's website, so they should all be right.
    They can be verified with these links (also in the github repository): https://reservia.viarail.ca/GetStations.aspx?q=<enter code>.
    The link to a webpage with more complete info for each station is here: http://www.viarail.ca/en/embedded/station/detail/<enter code>.

    Github repository URL:
    https://github.com/pndurette/viastations

    Edit: I attached a text file of the codes with each station on a separate line so it's a bit easier to go through.
     

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